Battle Mountain tops ‘Dogs |

Battle Mountain tops ‘Dogs

Joshua Gordon

Angelo Raftopoulos, a Moffat County High School senior, puts up a shot Friday in the Bulldogs game against Eagle Valley. The Bulldogs jumped out to an early lead Saturday against Battle Mountain, but the Huskies used a big third quarter to win, 66-58.

After controlling the game early Saturday against Battle Mountain, the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team let the Huskies storm back in the second half.

Leading by 12 halfway through the third quarter, the Bulldogs looked poised to sweep their season series against Battle Mountain.

Then, senior Angelo Raftopoulos got in foul trouble and the Huskies took advantage.

The Huskies outscored the Bulldogs 21-13 in the third quarter and held on for the victory, 66-58.

The Bulldogs (2-16 overall, 1-7 Western Slope League) let one slip away, coach David Bradshaw said.

"We played great early and we controlled the tempo," he said. "(Battle Mountain) had a big second half and we just let this one slip."

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While the Huskies were making their comeback, Bradshaw said his team lost patience.

"Early on, we controlled the ball and set screens," he said. "Then, we started to rush things and just dribbled too much.

"They applied a pressure defense and played a lot of man-to-man at half court."

While good offensive looks were falling early, Bradshaw said the Bulldogs' shots late weren't going in.

The Bulldogs led 18-12 after the first quarter and 29-23 at half, and Bradshaw said he felt his players were mentally prepared and were successful with their offensive sets.

But Raftopoulos, who had 15 points for the Bulldogs, picked up his fourth foul midway through the third quarter, and Bradshaw had to sit him.

The foul trouble, Bradshaw said, turned out to be the difference.

"We sent Battle Mountain to the line 21 times in the second half compared to our seven times," he said. "There is a large disparity there, and it was the difference."

The Huskies (11-8 overall, 5-4 WSL) made 15 of 21 free throws while the Bulldogs made three of seven.

Senior Dylon Camilletti led the Bulldogs offense with 20 points and junior Colby Haddan added 16.

In the first game between the two teams Jan. 15, the Bulldogs held the Huskies to one point in the second quarter and used late free throws to win, 60-55.

This time around, Bradshaw said the Huskies were able to mount a comeback.

"Our defense played fine and for the most part, we contained (Battle Mountain)," he said. "They were desperate, but they were able to come back."

Bradshaw said his team needs to learn how to finish games.

"We needed to look for good shots late and we didn't," he said. "We were pretty well in control and we just needed more patience.

"It was a difficult game to let slip away."

MCHS will next play Delta High School at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at home.

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Box Score

Box score from the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team’s Saturday game against Battle Mountain:

(Team – 1st – 2nd – 3rd – 4th — final)

Moffat County – 18 – 11 – 13 – 16 — 58

Battle Mountain – 12 – 11 – 21 – 22 — 66

MCHS leading scorers

(Name — points)

• Dylon Camilletti — 20

• Colby Haddan — 16

• Angelo Raftopoulos — 15

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